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Sweet and Low

By Brittney Saline

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition, Rest Day/Theory

December 02, 2015

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Brittney Saline details how exercise and healthy eating might be the best way to combat sugar-fueled depression.

America has a happiness problem, and Coca-Cola’s got the answer. On the multi-billion-dollar beverage company’s website, the brand juxtaposes the words of Aristotle, Mahatma Gandhi, Buddha and others with the prose of its marketing team: “Open an ice cold Coca-Cola and choose happiness!”

It didn’t work so well for Roxanne Melillo. A survivor of… Continue Reading

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Soda Widows

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

November 08, 2015

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Scientists link repeated hydration with sugar-sweetened beverages to kidney disease and early death in Central America.

It’s called La Isla de Viudas: Widows’ Island.

The name comes from the rural sugarcane-worker community of La Isla in Nicaragua, where thousands of men have died from the same epidemic over the last two decades. All perished of chronic kidney disease, referred to as “CKD,” and researchers estimate the overall death toll in Central America is at least 20,000. The… Continue Reading

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In HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

October 15, 2015

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Zack DeBaltzo is a coach and athlete at CrossFit Apogee in Gibsonton, Florida. The 29-year-old found CrossFit when a nearby barber suggested he give it a shot.

On DeBaltzo’s first day, affiliate owner Don Moss made him feel right at home—even with the oxygen tank DeBaltzo was carting beside him. DeBaltzo has cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects the lungs and makes breathing difficult.

“I work out with oxygen,” DeBaltzo says… Continue Reading

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Sugar Bombs

By Emily Beers

In Medical/Injuries, Nutrition

August 14, 2015

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Believing sports drinks are a necessary part of athletics, many athletes fail to notice substantial amounts of added sugar that can affect their health and performance.

Tommy Marinoff used to live off pizza, burgers and Coke. When he went to the gym, he often guzzled a Gatorade mid-workout. He knew sugar-laced sodas weren’t the healthiest options but believed Gatorade was a wise choice, especially for athletic performance and… Continue Reading

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Deadly Myth

By Andréa Maria Cecil

In ExPhysiology, Medical/Injuries

June 17, 2015

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Smart and athletic, Zyrees Oliver had a bright future washed away when widely accepted hydration advice ended up killing him. Andréa Maria Cecil investigates.

The words hung in the air: brain dead.

Only days earlier he was a strong, healthy, God-fearing 17-year-old who in little more than a year at his high school had become captain of the football team and boasted a 3.8 GPA. Zyrees Oliver planned to play college football… Continue Reading

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Enemy Unseen

By Chris Cooper

In LEO/Mil, Medical/Injuries

May 28, 2015

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Veterans living with post-traumatic stress disorder find comfort through CrossFit.

Twenty-two veterans will kill themselves today, according to the nonprofit group Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA).

Officially added to the third edition of the “Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders” in 1980, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a relatively new name for a condition that’s been around as long as war… Continue Reading

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Dueling the Devil

By Brittney Saline

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Thomas Moore loses a fight with a river but gets a rematch in rehab.

(Corrects to state Thomas Moore’s sister is named Melody.)

Thomas Moore couldn’t move. More importantly, he couldn’t breathe.

The rapids he had so deftly navigated just seconds before engulfed him with no warning, wedging his kayak between two boulders and trapping him nearly 4 feet beneath the surface of the San Joaquin River, deep within… Continue Reading

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In Athletes, HD Videos, Medical/Injuries

April 30, 2015

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CrossFit saved Miranda Oldroyd’s life—literally.

In June 2012, the CrossFit Level 1 Seminar Staff member was involved in a terrible car accident. She remembers it vividly and wrote about it on her blog.

“I never lost consciousness,” she says, “but I was immediately in a ton of pain. I remember saying out loud, ‘It’s OK, it’s OK, you’re fine.’”

When she arrived at the emergency room, Oldroyd complained of significant neck pain.

“Several times I mentioned… Continue Reading

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